I'm sure many of you have heard of Tenkara by now; it's the simplistic, Japanese version of what we know as fly fishing. Essentially, what you have is a 12 foot rod, the fly line that attaches to the end of the rod (no reel!) a leader and a fly.
These are good for smaller streams (presumably with no overhang.)
There is the offering from Tenkara USA, which I've been hearing rave reviews about, but it's about $150 for the rod itself. You then need the special line, etc.
Of course, $200 for a fly fishing outfit is pretty good, but still a lot of people (myself included) haven't firmly decided to take the Tenkara plunge. Namely, at least for myself, due to the different style of the rod and how useful am I really going to find this rod? There are not too many small streams near here that have the clearance for a 12' rod. $200 for a rod I can use on 2 or 3 streams turns into $200 for a rod that sits in a corner for 363 days a year. No thanks.
But now there is a new manufacturer of Tenkara rods, these aimed at those that have these misgivings, Fountainhead. These rods are in the $45-80 range, making them much more palatable. You can check them out at Tenkara Fly Fishing. They also have a lot of other information on Tenkara rods and Tenkara fishing.
Not sure about you but I'm thinking these lower priced Tenkara rods are PHAT(Pretty Hot And Tempting) and, in all honestly, I've spent $60 (for rod and line) on stupider stuff. I think that within the next few weeks I'll take the plunge, and post my experiences.
Who knows? Maybe one day this summer you'll find me on the banks of some stream, Tenkara rod in hand and silly straw hat on head...... or maybe not!